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NXNE: North by Northeast by the Water
Harbourfront Centre to host free shows for international music festival and conference

TORONTO, ON (*May 22, 2012) – Harbourfront Centre is pleased to announce that one of the most highly-anticipated music festivals in Canada is once again coming to the heart of Toronto’s waterfront. On June 16 and 17, Harbourfront Centre will host a selection of bands from across the country and around the world.

Now in its 18th year, NXNE (North by Northeast) has established itself as one of the best festival destinations for unsigned bands, indie favourites and major-label artists alike. Over 650 artists from around the world unite in Toronto for 5 jam-packed days of music, nine of which will perform on Harbourfront Centre’s Redpath Stage – for free!

Highlights of the NXNE Festival include:
• Soviet musical gypsies, Jumple;
The People of Canada’s ukulele-led pop;
• The lo-fi indie-pop of Alphabot!;
• Pop dignitary Gregory Pepper & His Problems;
Wannabe: The Spice Girls Tribute Band;
• …And more!

Listings info is below. For additional information and complete event listings, the public may visit or call the Information Hotline at 416-973-4000. Harbourfront Centre is located at 235 Queens Quay West in the heart of downtown Toronto’s waterfront.

Harbourfront Centre is an innovative, non-profit cultural organization which provides internationally renowned programming in the arts, culture, education and recreation, in the heart of Toronto's downtown waterfront. Our summer festival season runs from Victoria Day weekend through Thanksgiving weekend, and features over 20 festivals and events that offer The World in One Place, exploring ideas in contemporary culture, bringing together rich, artistic traditions from our own backyards and around the globe. We explore the idea of “Crossroads” which represent the junctures at which artists and members of various communities must make essential choices. For more information visit

Now in its 18th year, NXNE (North by Northeast) has become the Canadian festival destination for unsigned bands, indie favourites, and major-label headlining artists alike. Seen as the most anticipated summer music event in Canada, NXNE Music, NXNE Film and NXNE Interactive are an essential gathering for artists, industry and fans. This year, the festival will present over 650 artists from across the globe in just 5 days.


Media Contact: Jon Campbell | | 416 973 4655

For listings info, hi-res images and more media resources, visit our summer media page:


To Tell The Tale (Sat June 16, 1:00-1:40 p.m.)
Pop-punk band To Tell The Tale was selected to play a Toronto Warped Tour date in 2010 and have recently been busy writing and recording their sophomore EP.

The People of Canada (Sat June 16 3-3:15 p.m.)
The People of Canada is more than just a one-man band featuring Alexander Jarvis Squire, a ukulele and a collection of singalongable ditties. At its peak, the band is supplemented by what Squire calls “the whole entire universe,” comprising a who’s who of the Toronto indie music scene.

Gregory Pepper & His Problems (Sat June 16, 3:30 p.m.)
Gregory Pepper has established himself as an underground pop dignitary, specializing in lush harmonies and quirky, complex tunes of woe, melding buoyant melodies with morose narratives, all executed with raw, enthusiastic abandon.

Alphabot! (Sat June 16, 4:30-5:10 p.m.)
Alphabot!’s Jake Roels has brought his multi-instrumental talents and loop pedals – and, occasionally, bandmates – to increasingly larger stages over the years where his lo-fi indie-pop has been gathering fans of both machine and human form.

Jumple (Sat June 16, 5:30-6:10 p.m.)
Jumple are crazed musical gypsies hailing, primarily, from the former USSR. Armed with crazy costumes, dance moves and an anything-goes attitude, they put on one of the zaniest and most compelling live shows this side of Moscow.

The Unemployed (Sun June 17, 2:00-2:40 p.m.)
The Unemployed performs its own eclectic brand of original music and spicy covers. In one short year, this hard-working band has seen its audience grow from their Beaches school auditorium to 9,000 screaming kids at the Ricoh Coliseum.

Lyric Dubee (Sun June 17, 3:00-3:40 p.m.)
At age 12 Lyric Dubee wrote and recorded the music and lyrics for all the songs on his debut album, Broken Dreams. A veteran performer at age 14, he’s just released his first video.

Motion Device (Sun June 17, 4:00-4:40 p.m.)
From the classic 60’s and 70’s, to the hard-rockin’ 80’s and the heavy metal 90’s, Motion Device has it covered, adding their own unique twists and turns.

Wannabe: The Spice Girls Tribute Band (Sun June 17, 5:00-5:40 p.m.)
This spicy group took Toronto by surprise when they emerged last winter, selling out their first two shows at The El Mocambo and Lee's Palace. They perform all your favourite Spice Girls tunes backed by a fantastic live band.

Season-Long Events at Harbourfront Centre

Summer Music in the Garden presented by TD Bank Group (Most Thursdays, 7 p.m. & Sundays, 4 p.m., July-Sept)
Free performances of classical and traditional music from around the world as Summer Music in the Garden enters its 13th season. Concerts take place in the Toronto Music Garden weather permitting; contact our info desk at 416-973-4000 for updates.

Dancing on the Pier (Thursdays, June 28-Aug. 30, 7-9 p.m.)
Join the Dancing on the Pier house band for social interaction and learning that explores global dance trends.

Free Flicks (Wednesdays, July 4-Aug. 29, 9 p.m.)
From classic film to cult comedy, we explore the journey of the underdog from zero to hero on the big screen, under the stars.

International Marketplace (Weekends June 2-Sept 3)
Shop the world every weekend, all summer long – from Indonesian textiles and Indigenous crafts to African artefacts, South American jewellery and far beyond.

World Café (Weekends May 19-Sept 3)
Our newly renovated World Café features a rotating selection of the best international cuisine at affordable prices.

Harbourfront Centre Street Stage, (weekends from Victoria Day to Thanksgiving, 9 a.m.-11 p.m.)
Come and see some of the best street performers this city has to offer!

Canoe Rides on the Natrel® Pond (Weekends, May-Oct.)
Our famous canoe rides will be available at the Natrel® Pond all summer long! Take a break and enjoy a fun float beside our picturesque boardwalk. Cost: $4 for a 15-min canoe ride.

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